In my area the high school I attended usually recieves most of the local
awards. When I was in school we copied photographs, nothing was our own. I
learned to copy just about anything but had a hard time when it came to
creating my own art. I am not saying a little of this copying is wrong but
for all my years of high school all I did was copy photograph after
photograph with acrylic paint. I never was allowed experiment with any other
media because my teacher deemed (right word?) a painter. During that time I
was excited about my results and my parents were thrilled. I knew something
When I got my own classroom I decided not to implement this copying trend.
Sometimes we go out and take photos to us or create montages to paint from
but not often. While we have a hard time competing with the copies put out
by my alma mater I do feel my students will come out ahead in the long run.